Creating a Family Schedule

Since we brought home our 4th child about 7 weeks ago, (and really even before that) our family life has been a hodgepodge of inconsistencies. We had bits and pieces of daily routines that shifted and changed based on our mood, so the kids frequently responded to the chaos and unpredictability with disobedience. My husband … Continue reading Creating a Family Schedule

Sometimes the Bacon gets Burned

So it's been 2 weeks and change since we brought home our 4th baby. There's been a lot of crying, from me as well as the kids. I can say I haven't had a lot of depression, but my level of anxiety is through the proverbial roof. Even the should-be-fun moments have me fraught with … Continue reading Sometimes the Bacon gets Burned

Homestead Updates

It's finally starting to slow down around here, which is great! Because it'll pick up in full force for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Baby #4, New Years, chick brooding, garden planning, and seed starting soon enough! We've really been enjoying the fireplace on chilly evenings. I can't imagine ever getting tired of it. Friday Husband of mine … Continue reading Homestead Updates

Homestead Update

Well, I persuaded my husband to light the first fire of the year on Friday evening. It was wonderful. Prior to that I had my minis help me make Swedish meatballs for dinner. Those are the moments I treasure- peacefully functioning and just living life together. I need more of those moments. Sunday I tried … Continue reading Homestead Update

Lessons My Kids Teach Me

My kids love to hold me accountable and prove me wrong at every opportunity. Nothing gets by them. I've had to cut certain "non-expletive expletives" such as "Craptastic" and "fart sandwich" for fear of them parroting my awkward and slightly less than savory verbal quirks. Today, we were trying to teach my oldest son to … Continue reading Lessons My Kids Teach Me

Be Still My Soul

Yesterday was a rough day for me. Let's flash back about 6 years. February of 2014. I had a doctor's appointment (on my birthday) with my new PCP hoping to gain some insight on my unidentified chronic illness. Instead of listening to my complaints, taking into account my personal history, or treating me like an … Continue reading Be Still My Soul

Friday on the Homestead

There are so many things that NEED to be done that it's difficult to prioritize which to do first. I opted for re-catching strawberry runners. Yep... Re-catching. My 1 year old decided to "un-catch" them at some point. So I went outside to check on them today for a customer, and found many uprooted, unpotted, … Continue reading Friday on the Homestead

Teaching at Home vs. Teaching at School

I don't ever wanna hear another complaint from public school teachers about a "problem student" Having worked in public high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and pre-K, the challenges there just don't even stack up to the challenges of home educating your own children. 1) I bet public school teachers have never had their entire … Continue reading Teaching at Home vs. Teaching at School

Baby #4 update

Oh this child... It had better be exceptionally cute because this around the clock nausea is ridiculous. Then there's that awkward moment when your due date is moved forward by a MONTH! WHAT!?!? Here I am, plugging along planning for a January baby and I'm told it's official due date is now before Christmas!!! Well … Continue reading Baby #4 update